Sunday Sevens #5

Hello again everyone, it is time for my Sunday Sevens.

Sunday Sevens is the brainchild of Natalie over at Threads and Bobbins.  It is a way for you to get to know a bit more about us and what else we do besides sewing.  If you are interested in finding out more pop over to Natalie’s blog and find out how to take part.



Unfortunately I had a bit of an accident last Sunday afternoon.  I wasn’t concentrating when I came out of the house and  I’m still not 100% sure what happened but somehow I lost my balance and I remember falling backwards for what felt like forever then landing smack bang onto the back of my head on the concrete.  The crack was horrendous and I  remember lying there being partly surprised that I was conscious and even better, still in the land of the living.  There was a huge pool of blood under my head and when I tried to sit up but the dizzyness was awful.  My son called an ambulance because of it being a head injury and they were so kind when they arrived, I’m really grateful to them.  They patched me up, checked for signs of concussion and gave me a list of what to look out for incase a sub dural haematoma occurred (which thankfully it didn’t)

At the time I thought I had just banged my head but later on it was apparent that I had also sprained my ankle, hurt my hip and my hand.  Funny how you don’t notice other injuries when something else takes priority.  My brilliant neighbours rallied round, one brought me a walking stick and another an ankle support.

I was pretty rough for a few days and the dizzyness is still a bit of a problem but it is getting better now.



On Tuesday lunchtime my husband drove me down into Harlech so I could meet a freind for lunch.  Normally I’d drive myself (or walk) but the dizzyness meant that driving wasn’t an option.

I had the most delicious Welsh Rarebit (cheese on toast) made with Purple Moose beer (a local brew) – yum yum.  I did manage to avoid the home made cakes – always a difficult task.

This is the view of Harlech castle from the cafe – pretty spectacular eh?

Now did you know that Harlech castle was built by Edward 1st in the 13th Century at a cost of £8190?  Also there is a famous song called Men of Harlech which is about the seige of Harlech castle in 1468.



These photos are from Wednesday evening’s WI meeting.  The lady in the photograph above is Hazel, the founder of Aronia Berry Liqueurs.  She was the guest speaker at the meeting and gave us a talk about how she started her business.  Hazel grows the aronia berry bushes on her farm in Chwilog, just across the bay.  There are only three other people in the UK who grow aronia berries commercially so very few people have heard of them before.  Along with her husband and son, Hazel turns the berries into the most delicious liqueur, chocolate and jam imaginable.  The liqueur is quite similar to sloe gin in taste.


This is my friend Sue and her daughter, Dawn, sampling the liqueur.



This is my hubby.  Now you might wonder why on earth I have put up a photograph of him eating a burger in Macdonalds.  Well for us, it is something that rarely happens and is a weird kind of a treat as our nearest Macdonalds is over an hours drive away.  We get most things we need, including food, delivered to our house and only go to a large town perhaps once every couple of months.  When we do go out we usually try to find a nice restaurant or gastro pub to have lunch.

However, on Friday we had to drive an hour and a half to Rhos on Sea where the nearest sewing machine repair shop is located (last week I posted a photo of the odd stitching my machine was doing).  On the way home we spotted a Macdonalds and I just had a sudden fancy for a fillet-o-fish.



I am a gadget-o-holic – if there is a kitchen gadget then I have to have it, even if I don’t really need it.  Now this has been a bit of a sticky point in our marriage, I have everything from a spiraliser to a sushi maker and pretty much every other gadget inbetween.  But after the initial love affair they inevitably go into a cupboard never to see the light of day again.

Anyway, during the week I saw a post on Facebook where someone had been batch making pies for the freezer and linked to their electric pie maker.  How on earth did I not know that electric pie makers existed?  A quick visit to Amazon and one was winging its way to me the following day.

Here is my very first pie – not bad eh?  I’ve now made 5 different batches and I think my family are becoming fed up with having pies for both lunch and supper.  Maybe I’ll try fruit pies next week.




We had our annual WI dinner on Friday evening at the Royal St David’s golf club.  Son No. 1 took this photo just as we were about to leave.

I hardly ever get the chance to dress up so it was a treat to put on full make up and wear a nice dress.   We had a lovely night catching up with friends and acquaintances and the food was delicious.


This is where we went for our dinner.  I’ve put this photo on especially for Ali from Thimberlina who I know is an avid golfer.  I don’t know much about golf but I’ve been told by quite a few people that it is an extremely good course.  We get a lot of European visitors who come specifically to play on it.



This past week has been fairly warm so it was a bit of a shock to wake up on Saturday morning to see mountains covered with snow.  I always think they look stunning against a beautiful blue sky.

So that was my eventful week.  I’m hoping that next week will be quieter and more importantly, accident free!

Debbie x



27 thoughts on “Sunday Sevens #5

  1. Oh my goodness, your accident sounds horrible, so glad your injuries were not worse.
    My late SO and I used to have the odd Macdonald’s as a treat too 🙂 it was just so out
    of synch with I normal eating it was fun.
    The castle looks gorgeous and remind me of my girlhood when I visited Warwick castle regularly.
    You both look very splendid in your glad rags, did you make what your wearing? Congrats to
    son #1 on a lovely picture.
    The snow topped mountains remind me of Skye, so thank you for a seven that gave me good memories.
    Have a good week and be careful, hope your feeling yourself again. Recommend Arnica for the medicine
    box it’s great for bruises. Not that I want to read of any more accidents! But it is useful as is Teatree ointment
    for cuts and that can be safely used on Molly too. Lucy

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    • Hi Lucy. Lovely to hear from you. No, I have to hang my head in shame and admit that I didn’t make the dress I was wearing, I might try to make a similar one though as it seems to be a straightforward pattern and it is extremely comfortable.
      I should get in some Arnica. I remember a friend loaning me some when I shut my hand in a gate (I’m accident prone) and it stopped the bruising and helped the pain. Thanks for the advice.
      I used to live in Warwick – before we moved to Wales. I worked opposite Warwick castle so I know it well. It is a really lovely castle but in 20 years I only ever went into it once. Funny how you often don’t go to places that you see regularly.
      Have a lovely week next week
      Debbie x

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  2. That sounds like a nasty fall! I hope you are back to better health soon. Thanks for sharing all the lovely stuff as well – looks like you are in a beautiful area.


    • Thanks for stopping by my blog Mel. I was so pleased to find yours today and really enjoyed reading your post about your latest Moneta dress.
      I’m feeling a whole heap better now, thank goodness, I think it was the shock that really knocked my confidence but I’m back to racing around everywhere again now

      Debbie x


  3. I do hope you are feeling better. It takes a while to get over a fall like that. I’m very interested in your article today. It was especially nice to see the castle. I live on Vancouver Island and in Victoria there are two castles The Craigdourogh Castle and the Hatley Castle which was built by an early coal baron.I also am interested in your friends rare aronia berries as I am growing a wild berry called a chokecherry berry that has the most unique and lovely tart flavour and is purple. Would you please give her my e-mail address as maybe we could exchange

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    • Hi bcwestblog (sorry I don’t know your first name, I don’t mean to be rude).
      The aronia berries are known as black chokeberries so I think they are probably exactly the same as the ones you are growing. I don’t actually know the lady, she was a guest speaker who came to tell us about her business. However, I’ve found her website for you and there is a contact page on there so I would definitely get in touch with her, she was lovely. Her name is Hazel Jones and her website is:

      Debbie x


  4. Gosh! It has been eventful! You’ve done well to soldier on after your fall. Hope you soon make a full recovery. Sounds like you’ve had a fabulous week and you and your hubby look great dolled up. And thanks for the golf pic, well look it up if we’re ever over that way. ⛳️😀🏌

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    • Thanks Ali. Yes, it does seem to have been a strange, but very busy week. I’m hoping for a quieter (and pain free) week next week. It was nice to have the chance to get dressed up, something we rarely do, if we go out with friends it is usually just casual clothes.
      If you are ever over this way definitely look up the golf course, it is supposed to be really good. It also has the most stunning view of Harlech castle and the snowdonia mountain range so even if you don’t get a good game you will see some lovely sights
      Debbie x

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  5. Blimey, that fall sounds pretty nasty! I know what you mean about other injuries though, as I didn’t realise I’d broken my ribs until the next day after falling off a horse – I was too cut, bruised and shaken to notice the pain at the time! What a knockout picture of the snow capped mountains – beautiful!

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    • Oh dear, your other injuries must have been really painful to mask broken ribs. I bet it took a long time to recover – I only bruised mine last year and they were agony. I have to own up, hubby took the photo of the mountains, he is a much better photographer than me, but I was stood next to him so I didn’t feel guilty for nabbing his photo 🙂
      Debbie x

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      • Yes, they were rather – I took all the skin off my arm and half of my back. Broken ribs are agony and there’s nothing you can do. Coughing and sneezing proved a source of entertainment for my husband though! It was six months before I could lie in bed and sleep comfortably:(


  6. Sorry to hear about your fall! Blood, dizziness and sprains :-0 Doesn’t sound good at all, I hope that you are feeling much better now! Castle lunch looks lovely…so does the pie maker…I’m off to Amazon now! 😀

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  7. Wow! You’re looking sharp so soon after such a nasty fall! I can relate to collecting kitchen gadgets so thanks to introducing me to the electric pie maker 😉
    PS nice to see a picture of your husband on the blog!

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  8. What a week! So sorry about your fall and resulting injuries, hope your recovery is speedy! Beautiful photo at the golf club. My cousin’s husband is an avid golfer and was just beside himself when the Ryder Cup was held in Newport. The electric pie maker looks intriguing, and apparently is quite a success! Love your view of the snowy mountains. Wonderful photos of your week.


    • Hi Lucy
      Thanks so much for your concern. I’m fine, I’ve just lost my sewing mojo right now which has led on to me losing my blogging mojo. I’m sure it will be back again soon. Looking forward to chatting to you again once I get myself back on the straight and narrow 🙂
      Debbie x


      • Hi Debbie,
        Thanks for your quick reply and everything thing crossed that your “mojo’s” make a swift recovery.
        I don’t blog but I do write and I know when I don’t feel like crafting it’s hard to write too.
        Thinking of you as you recharge your creative batteries. Lucy


  9. Hi Debbie,
    Just wondering how MeMadeMay is going? Glad to read you’re okay except for a missing sewing mojo. Hope to see you back soon!


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